Fans Demand the Right to Help Cast "Fifty Shades of Grey": Online Petition Grows

Posted Thursday September 5, 2013 8:13 PM GMT

Some fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey” are 100 shades of pi**ed off. An online petition to replace Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson with Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel (in the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele) has doubled to more than 40,000 votes.

The petition was created on Change.org shortly after “Grey” author EL James revealed the casting decision for the movie version of her best-seller, on Monday (September 2).

At the top of the petition, it reads, "Matt Bomer is the perfect description of Christian Grey and Alexis Biedel is the perfect actress to represent Anastasia Steele and if they are not, nobody will be. We can do anything guys, anything." The petition goes on to say that the support for Bomer and Bledel is not a condemnation of Hunnam and Johnson—just a bad production decision.

"It's 2013, it's a new era,” the Change.org argument continues. “The readers are as important as the director or producer. We are the critical. We deserve respect."

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